A Port Alberni, B.C., dealership committed an unfair labour practice when its president promised unionized employees raises, bonuses and other benefits if they decertified the union, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board ruled. The improper communication came shortly before Pacific Chevrolet Buick GMC s collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was set to expire in March. Dealership president William Pulford admitted communicating directly with workers and apologized to the union but claimed he didn't know it was illegal. The store, which he acquired in 2012, had been unionized since 1962.
"Employer promises of beneficial changes to employees' terms and conditions of employment if the union is decertified constitute unlawful interference and inducements to cease being members of the union," the decision said. It was the store's first unfair labour practice.